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AP Source: Hawks agree to deal Joe Johnson to Nets
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A person familiar with the Hawks-Nets deal told The Associated Press on Monday night that Atlanta will receive guards Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson and forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, along with a draft pick Brooklyn received from Houston in a prior deal. The selection only belongs to the Nets if it is not a lottery pick.
The person confirmed the trade on condition of anonymity because it cannot become official until Stevenson signs as a free agent with Brooklyn. Free agents cannot be signed until July 11.
Johnson has four years and $90 million left on his contract and new general manager Danny Ferry decided it was time to shed payroll and rebuild.
The 31-year-old Johnson averaged 18.8 points per game last season, his 11th in the NBA and seventh with Atlanta.
Utah CEO Greg Miller acknowledged the deal for former first-round pick Marvin Williams while picking up guard Mo Williams at Salt Lake City International Airport in preparation for Tuesday’s introductory news conference.
Mo Williams said it felt good to be back where he started his career in 2003 and he had always hoped to start for his first team.
The Harris-Marvin Williams deal now clears the way for that to happen.
“It’s always unfortunate when we have to let a player go because all of our players work so hard and they’re so invested in helping us win.” Miller said. “And it’s got to be a tough thing for them. I know it is for us. I wish Devin the best in his career.”
Mo Williams, dressed in a red T-shirt, black shorts and a New Orleans Saints cap, arrived in Salt Lake City about 8:30 p.m. MDT.
He only has one year left on his current deal but expressed hope that he could be in Utah long term.
“I’m very excited about a new start for me and a second homecoming,” Williams said Monday night.
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